OBAC - The Organisation of Blind African Caribbeans

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1st Floor, Gloucester House
8 Camberwell New Road

Tel: 020 7735 3400

Web: www.obac.org.uk

OBAC was founded in 1988 by a group of visually impaired African and Caribbean people. Their aim was to ensure that severely sight impaired and partially sighted African and Caribbean people would have access to relevant services, enabling them to overcome barriers preventing them from becoming active members of the community. Over the years, OBAC has revised its remit to include people with other sensory and physical impairments.

Their work consists of support services to help users to develop individual strategies for independent living and to be able to access social events and network meetings, thereby reducing isolation and increasing awareness and community cohesion.

OBAC provides:

  • Advice on immigration and benefit matters.
  • Casework carried out on behalf of clients.
  • Work aimed at alleviating poverty.
  • Advice and training to get people into work or to progress to further education/training programmes.
  • Accredited training in Adult Numeracy, Literacy, ESOL and ICT.
  • Training in interview skills, CV preparation and job searching.
  • Mentoring.
  • A transcription service: recording newspapers, magazines and other articles and features on to CD.

They have trained advisers who offer specialist advice to their members and service users on issues such as welfare rights, entitlements, befriending, reading service, housing, debt, aids, adaptation, mobility and immigration.

Last updated on 07/08/2015

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